“I’d occasionally allow her to stroke my hand. All us kids would from time to time, and all of us thought of it as work. Oh, how exhausting it was to let someone adore you.”

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, David Sedaris

“I said, ‘I can’t do chatting.’”
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon

“The stale coffee is boiling up but he catches it before it goes over the side, pours it into a stained cup and blows on the black liquid, lets a panel of the dream slide forward. If he does not force his attention on it, it might stoke the day, rewarm that old, cold time on the mountain when they owned the world and nothing seemed wrong.”

Brokeback Mountain, Annie Proulx